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Porch camera captures METEOR flashing across the skies of Alberta after activating the motion detector [Video]

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Porch camera captures spectacular METEOR flashing across Alberta skies after activating a motion detector, as locals report loud bang, say their homes shook

  • Kaitlyn Kostyniuk caught the flash outside her house around 9pm on December 7
  • Residents in Leduc, New Sarepta and South Edmonton reported booming noise
  • Probably a meteor that caused the flash of light when it disintegrated in the atmosphere










This is when a porch camera captures a spectacular meteor flashing across the skies of Alberta after it triggers a motion detector.

Kaitlyn Kostyniuk, who lives north of Rocky Mountain House in western central Alberta, Canada, caught the flash around 9 p.m. on Dec. 7.

It was likely a meteor that caused the bright flash of light as it burst into the atmosphere.

This is when a porch camera captures a spectacular meteor flashing across the skies of Alberta after it triggers a motion detector

The images from the porch show a seemingly quiet evening at Kaitlyn’s house, until a bright light suddenly flashes between trees in the distance.

Local residents in Leduc, New Sarepta and South Edmonton also reported seeing the flash and hearing the loud bang.

“I was getting ready to go to bed and my notification went off on my phone that there was some movement captured on our front camera, which is weird because we’re in the middle of nowhere,” Kaitlyn told Global News.

“To me at first it looked like someone was holding a flashlight in front of my window because the light was so bright and vibrant.

“But when I re-watched the video a few times, I saw that it was just something going through the air.”

“I heard a rumble, it sounded like a semi truck slowing down and I thought that was kind of weird because we’re quite far away from traffic noise,” she told Edmonton News.

Kaitlyn Kostyniuk, who lives north of Rocky Mountain House in western central Alberta, Canada, caught the flash around 9 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Kaitlyn Kostyniuk, who lives north of Rocky Mountain House in western Alberta, Canada, caught the flash around 9 p.m. on Dec. 7.

A meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns up.

This debris itself is known as a meteoroid. When one of these meteoroids reaches Earth, it becomes a . named meteorite.

“Based on what we know, it looks like it’s a fireball coming out of a space rock, which we sometimes call a meteoroid coming through the atmosphere,” said Chris Herd, a professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta.

‘The loud bang is not typical, it doesn’t happen that often. In this case, it suggests that the rock was a certain size, we don’t even have an estimate for that yet,” he told Edmonton News.

Explained: the difference between an asteroid, meteorite and other space rocks

A asteroid is a large piece of rock left over from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the Main Belt.

A comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much further out of the solar system.

A meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns up.

This debris itself is known as a meteoroid. Most are so small that they evaporate into the atmosphere.

When one of these meteoroids reaches Earth, it becomes a . named meteorite.

Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites normally originate from asteroids and comets.

For example, if Earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris in the atmosphere burns up, forming a meteor shower.

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